Educator's Toolkit

As educators, we need to constantly keep up in many unique areas. First and foremost, we need to become experts in our discipline. Then we need to become experts in the art and science of teaching and learning. The 21st Century has brought an explosion of technology that raises the question:

Do you effectively use technology to enhance teaching?



New technologies present themselves everyday. For many educators, this is a major challenge because understanding them is outside the realm of their professional training. Each of us needs to have a technology toolkit that guides us on what to use and when. This framework is intended as a benchmark for you to compare your current use of technology with other essential tools you may not be using yet. Our goal is to to share best practices for educators across UCSF and beyond.

9 Essential Tools & Strategies for Educators

For more in-depth knowledge on how to use these technologies, visit the other sections in this Educators Toolkit.

  Goal Best Practice Tools/Resources
1 Find what you need Search effectively to find useful tools, query image libraries, tutorials, & resources

Google search tips

Use Google search efficiently

Review where your content is currently taught in the curriculum 

2 Create content Use industry standard tools and strategies to create slides, images, charts, videos, visual data, and more.

Design effective presentations

Working with images

Create screencasting lessons

3 Assessment Use simple tools to create quizzes, surveys, and polls.



4 Collect real time feedback To easily use tools to get feedback during your live sessions in lectures, small groups, clinics or online.

Poll Everywhere


  • Choice
  • Quiz
5 Boost engagement To involve and engage your learners efficiently and effectively.

Traditional methods:

  • breakout groups
  • student pairing
  • asking questions


6 Connect learners across locations To bridge the physical distance between students and educators for lectures, clinical case check-ins, professional groups across schools, mentoring sessions, office hours and more.

Zoom live video conferencing

  • Remote instructors
  • Office hours
  • Team meetings
  • Virtual visits to locations
  • Student interviews

CLE (LMS): Asychronous

  • Forum
  • Database
  • Glossary
  • Choice (poll)
  • Workshop
7 Deliver content To easily deliver your learning content, videos, quizzes, and materials.


8 Leverage core UCSF technologies To share documents.

Box (including SecureBox)

Wiki (for collaboration)


9 Leverage free tools and tutorials

To allow for many people to collaborate when not everyone has access to the same costly commercial software.

There are many tutorials available you can use. Search on YouTube for whole libraries of tutorials.

Google Docs (word doc authoring)

Google Sheets

Doodle poll: time management


Tutorials & Training:

10 Sharing To collaborate securely.